The good people of Late Cambrian have released a video for their latest single “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?).” It’s creepy as hell, but also a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adorned with surreal scenes. The song is a delicious slice of electro pop, with Late Cambrian moving away slightly from the crunchy and/or jangly guitar-driven pop that marked most of the music on 2014’s Golden Time LP.
Tyler Bryant and his incredible band The Shakedown have been busy spreading their brand of updated, blues-heavy rock and roll in the couple of years since they appeared as the OurStage spotlight band on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Now they’re back with a new release that marks a kind of shift in creative direction. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the six-song EP The Wayside finds the band expanding further out from traditional blues rock (though fans of Bryant’s and 2nd guitarist Graham Whitford‘s dazzling guitar work should not be disappointed here) into what sounds a lot more like the kind of stoner rock purveyed by Queens Of The Stone Age, et al., while remaining rooted to the ’70s southern rock giants that are clearly close to their hearts. Atmospherics and texture are a primary focus here, and the band is clearly thoughtful about their approach to each song. Every track here has a different vibe, from instrumentation to production style to Bryant’s vocal technique. The singer has found the sweet spot that does not require him to reach for barrel-chested soul belting – he just doesn’t have that kind of voice. Instead, the songs here allow him to explore more subtle turns of phrase and melodic intricacies that will keep your ears glued to this release. When the band delivers their take on the classic “Mojo Workin,” this is most apparent. On a song that could easily, and surely pleasantly enough, be a vehicle for some slick guitar work and big yelping (as it has for a generation of early rock artists), Bryant instead eases back into the music to create a solid and more subtle slab of fuzz rock. Can’t wait to see these guys live again.
The Wayside is now streaming on Spotify: http://republicrec.co/TheWaysideEPSP
Haster, recently signed to Musicarchy Media for their new album The Current Sea, have announced a series of tour dates in the Western U.S. to support the album’s first single “The Unscene.” The heavy duty Huntington Beach CA band will hit cities in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada, in addition to California, over the next few weeks, and will release the new LP on January 29th. See the dates and check out the new single below.
Straight to the point, short and sweet, it’s the newest official video by Bronx, NY rapper Carlos Ferragamo. “Round One“, directed by Curtis Harper (Ferragamo’s “5 to 8“ video), has a classic in-studio setup, with Ferragamo in front of the mic, but it’s cut with flashes of him spitting straight to the producer in the control room, and later direct to camera. In about two and a half minutes, it’s all over. But of course, this is just round one, and it happens to be the first track on a new 7-song EP called Jabs.
Over the last few years, Ferragamo has racked up an impressive 27 Top 10 OurStage placements, 47 Top 40 placements, two #1’s, and multiple appearances on our Best of the Best charts. No doubt there are more to come, based on this new release.
The electro pop duo Westvale recently released Fly, a stunning and hypnotically chilled-out four-song EP. Having evolved from the more hard rock-edged Noctura, who dominated the charts here on OurStage for several years, Westvale has already captured the attention of fans, earning a spot in the Top 50 of the latest Best of the Best charts.
In just four songs, Mandy Suiter and Kris Haughey lay out an irresistible musical template, with Suiter’s seemingly flawless vocal and harmonies smoothing out synthesized, pulsating, EDM-based backing tracks, adorned with plenty of ambient space.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“Falling For Your Everything” by The Chance
“A Love Quite Like Yours” by Derren Raser
“Creatures” by Soapbox Army
“What’s Good” by Axcess ft. Maskerade
“Dance With Me In The Starlight” by Mark Barnes
The amazing, multi-talented Nikki Lynette has just released a new track via Soundcloud. It’s called “Move The World,” and it’s a deeply-textured, R&B-flavored song that leaves enough room to showcase Lynette’s emotive lead vocal over a multi-layered groove. Every new release from Nikki Lynette is an artistic leap. It’s kind of amazing to see. Listen here:
Chiptune maestros I Fight Dragons, who previously won our MTV ‘Needle In The Haystack’ search, as well as our ‘VMA Best Breakout – Chicago’ with their song “Heads Up, Hearts Down,” are heading out on tour this fall and have added new dates. You won’t find a band doing chiptune with original pop songs this fantastic. Catch them if you can. Click the image below for more info.
In the great tradition of fuzzed out riffage from the UK comes Birmingham’s The Rimes. Though officially out next month, you can get a preview of the quartet’s new single “Avalanche” (b/w the excellent “Need Your Love”), which describes, both lyrically and musically, the decidedly violent smashing together of two persons – commonly referred to as “love.”
We just came a cross this cool track, only to discover that it’s a brand new single, officially released today. Currently sitting in the Top 10 in our Pop channel, the song is by Nellie Bell and it’s called “Freaky.” It’s got a bit of that vintage vibe that’s been hot lately, but it’s grounded in quality songwriting with a great performance. The popularity of the song with the OurStage fans has already pushed Nellie Bell into our overall Best of the Best charts for a few weeks now. Check it out, and buy it on iTunes here.